Nursing can be a very challenging profession to work in. I often hear from nurses who are contemplating or on the verge of quitting nursing altogether. Gosh, with the staffing ratios, workplace violence, nurse burnout, and so much more… it sometimes amazes me that we have any nurses left at the bedside!
However, as a advocate for appreciative inquiry and solution-oriented thinking, I have hope. And I know that there are nurses working out there in the profession of nursing who are PROUD to call themselves “nurse”.
In fact, if that is you, make sure to leave a “THAT’S ME!” comment below. Let’s highlight all of the nursing pride that we can!
Celebrate the Profession of Nursing
In honor of the upcoming Nurse’s Week, I figured it would be a great time to celebrate the profession of nursing and all of the great nurses we have working with us. Often we work so hard that we forget the achievements that we have accomplished.
Today’s post is another fun one. I asked on my various social media platforms:
The response was SUPER inspiring and extremely fun!! And, I encourage YOU to leave your proudest achievement below. Let’s celebrate nursing success!
Achievements Nurses Are Most Proud Of:
- Joan is proud of “Anytime I run into one of my old student who has graduated and working successfully! Love seeing the end results!”
- Lisa proudly says “People I have comforted, nurses I have supported, and nurse leaders I have mentored.”
- Mary simply says “Certification!”
- Leann is proud of “Becoming a legal nurse consultant… was my biggest dream!”
- Budding proudly says, “Fulfilled my dream of becoming a flight nurse in the 90’s and now a Naturopath Doctor Wellness Coach Holistic Nurse with my own business. I am able to help when no doctor can!!!”
- Ana is super thrilled to be a nurse and says, “I changed careers, going from 21 years in corporate IT into nursing. Haven’t looked back and so blessed I had the opportunity to take this once-in-a-lifetime step. Now am a PMHNP-BC and working on finishing my PhD. I get to teach and help people and I still use my IT skills in practice and at school! LIVING THE DREAM!”
- Lynne reflects on nursing, saying “That I still love being a nurse after 42 yrs.”
- Michael is proud of “Working with special needs.”
- Lisa proudly says, “Last week, getting to take care of a HS classmate, who needed health care stat, and didn’t have anyone else who could help. This person has always been kind-hearted and a good person. It was an honor to do something for them in their time of need. Made me feel very warm and fuzzy inside.”
- Thelma reflects on nursing pride, saying “I was talking to a stranger in the hospital chapel & she was very upset and crying. I let her tell me her story and offered her a tissue. She wiped her eyes and thanked me for letting her cry and talk. In turn I thanked her because I was not feeling well physically that day and I realized then that was the reason I came to work that day.”
- Jill is proud of “Developing Ready 4 The Return with a deep understanding of the neurobiology of trauma to provide healing touch and light therapy sessions to soldiers to help re-regulate their autonomic nervous system and de-trigger hyper irritated neuronal feedback systems.”
- Shanne proudly says, “Making a patient smile before they passed.”
- Jalil is proud of “Using my nursing experience to advocate for the nursing profession.”
- Lynne proudly says “Being a part of someone’s miracle every single day! Love my job!”
- Millie reflects on nursing pride, saying “A patient contacted me to tell me what my kindness meant to him. I am most proud of the human connection and impact I’ve made with my patients, giving them comfort in one of their darkest hours.”
- Linda is proud of “Testifying before the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs to advocate for an Indian health initiative. Mostly because I have trouble speaking in public. I had to overcome myself.”
Proud to Call Myself “Nurse”
Some of you may know from reading Nursing from Within or hearing me present, I never thought of becoming a nurse. It was sort of introduced to and then highly encouraged of me by friends and family. A girl who faints when giving blood, gets queasy at the site of burns, and cannot deal with tubes, lines, or bandages… and she IS a nurse!
You know the really cool thing about being a nurse is that you can be one in your unique way. That is really what Nursing from Within is all about. That’s what I am proud of when I think of the nursing profession. And it is why I believe that each and EVERY nurse has an achievement to be proud of!
You are a nurse!! You went through the education and training. You passed the NCLEX! You did all of the hard work. And if you can think of nothing else, just for today, be proud of the achievement of calling yourself NURSE.
Happy Nurse’s Week to each and every one of you! We couldn’t be the profession of nursing without you! Just reading the comments above gives me chills and makes me grin ear-to-ear. Let’s hear from more of you on what nursing achievement you are proud of!
Let’s hear from you! As a nurse, what achievement are you most proud of? Share below and thanks for reading!
About the Author: Keynote speaker and virtual conference host, Elizabeth Scala MSN/MBA, RN, partners with hospitals, nursing schools, and nurse associations to transform the field of nursing from the inside out. As the host of the Nurse’s Week program, The Art of Nursing, Elizabeth supports nursing organizations in celebrating and recognizing their staff in a meaningful way. Elizabeth received her dual master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University. She is also a certified coach and Reiki Master Teacher. Elizabeth lives in Maryland with her supportive husband and playful pit bull.